It’s a fact that large buildings kill birds. Especially large ones that are brightly lit at night.
Years ago your writer lived in New York City and worked in lower Manhattan across the street from the twin towers of the World Trade Center. I volunteered many mornings during the spring and fall migrations to help collect and revive the vast numbers of birds that crashed into the towers during the night and fell to the plaza below.
Some mornings there would be literally hundreds of birds— a few of which we were able to revive, but most of which had died. Many other buildings in NYC have similar affects on birds as the city sits smack in the middle of the Atlantic flyway.
It was a sobering insight into the impact that humans and our dwellings can have on nature.
That experience is just one illustration of why the National Audubon Society’s recent campaign to protect birds from a proposed new stadium in Minnesota is so important.
A Mass-Murderer Of A Building
The city of Minneapolis has unveiled the final design for the National Football League’s Minnesota Viking’s new stadium. It will be a showpiece and an important venue in the city for the next 30-40 years. And its location in the heart of the city is directly astride the Mississippi flyway used by tens of millions of birds each year
It’s that location, along with it’s design, that will likely make the new stadium a mass-murderer of birds.
The Killing Can Be Prevented
The National Audubon Society and other groups of bird lovers are requesting that the stadium’s glass walls and windows be made with “bird-friendly” glass to minimize the impact of the stadium on migrating birds. Audubon’s experts believe that simply using an appropriate type of glass could dramatically reduce the number of birds the building kills.
This seems exactly the sort of thing around which a compromise can be forged— Audubon is not trying to stop the stadium project, merely requesting what seems to be a reasonable accommodation in the design. There’s lots more detail on Audubon’s website. Unfortunately, to date the officials involved have not been very receptive.
That’s were you can help.
Help Prevent The Killing
Audubon is appealing to the public for our help— you can sign their petition here. They believe that there’s a good chance that public support for making the new stadium bird friendly will bring officialdom around to amending the building’s design. But Audubon needs your help…
Please take a minute to sign their petition.
I’m really hoping they succeed and volunteers don’t end up spending their spring and fall mornings cleaning up the carnage that the stadium, as currently planned, looks like it may cause.